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Home Repairs That You Shouldn't Put Off Until Later

This past Sunday marked the beginning of the fall season of 2013! While this is exciting it also marks the time where the weather permits many owners of Louisville homes from keeping up with repairs. Furthermore, many believe that certain problems in and around the house can be put off until later.

The River Valley Group has compiled a list of a few repairs that should NEVER be ignored or put off until later. There are issues that can and will arise with your home that will spiral out of control if not handled as soon as possible….these are the issues we have highlighted below.

*Any pest infestation*

While some infestations may be worse than others it’s important to find the source of infestation and terminate it early on in the process. If you notice gnats in your kitchen and figure they will go away they most likely won’t…in fact the gnats may move to other areas of the house or inside of your fridge. A simple remedy for gnats is to put vinegar into a cup, cover the cup with plastic or foil, and poke holes so that it will attract the pesky bugs.

Many also believe that if you see one or two roaches in the house a solid solution is to get rid of them and hope they stay away. Unfortunately, if you see a roach with your own eyes it’s likely a sign of overcrowding in your walls since they only tend to be visible when forced out into the open. Never hesitate to contact an exterminator or set roach traps throughout the house to play it safe.

*Any indication of leaking*

Arguably the most common problem homeowners face is something related to water, whether it is with gutters or bad pipes. This will be most prevalent when it rains in your area; pay attention to any leaking noises in the kitchen, laundry area, and bathrooms. Be sure to check the gutters at least once a season to ensure there aren’t any clogs that may be contributing to leaks inside your home. This will be covered in further detail in a future blog post.

*Replace the alarm batteries twice a year*

This tip applies to your fire alarms, smoke alarms, CO2 alarms, and security system alarm if needed. It’s easy to get lazy and get in the mindset of, “I don’t feel like changing the batteries…I’m not going to catch anything on fire.” It’s very important to stay on top of the batteries and, fortunately, they will tell you when they need to be changed with loud, annoying chirping sounds. Furthermore, it’s important to educate all individuals in the household on what to do if any of the alarms go off and to actually test them as well.

*Getting rid of mold and mildew*

This is an issue that will sneak up on you without you knowing it and can also be hazardous to your health. Mold can pop up both indoors and outdoors and anyone is susceptible to it. Fortunately, there are many signs that may tell you if you have mold and there are many ways to avoid getting it in the first place. One of the best ways is if anyone in the household is having constant allergic reactions and you can’t figure out what the source may be. You can also use home-test kits sold at stores but many professionals have found flaws with those tests. The safest way is to get it professionally handled: someone will come in, drill a small hole in the wall, and use sticky tape to collect dust particles from the air for testing. On the outside of your house it’s important to pressure wash if you have a wooden deck to get rid of any potential mold building in unseen places.

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